A slew of charitable institutions had popped up in the Kerala Catholic Church along with the rise of the Charismatic Movement, which I find nothing but Evangelical Protestantism in disguise. Mostly they are so empty-hearted that people who are in charge of such institutions run it like a business like a shop or office. No matter what happens, someone will open it in the morning, every light and fan will turn on like scheduled, and will close for the day in the evening. It is okay for a business, but for a charitable institution this can be ridiculous.
For example, I have known a place where HIV +ve people will get money for medicines. Suppose a person who is not HIV infected goes there and asks for help. They are unable to give any significant help, because funds are not allocated for any purpose other than HIV medications. The most they can do is direct him to other places.
There is an institution called the Jail Ministry. Their mission includes preaching in jails and rehabilitation of prisoners. But in practice, the clergymen who run it are either criminals or have turned into criminals after starting this ministry.
I had once entrusted all my household articles with them in the place where ex-criminals were rehabilitated. When I came back after a few months, though everyone had known that I had not kept any valuables like cash or jewellery there, I realized that my paraphernalia had been scoured for valuables.
A table still had all my certificates with the key in my hands. I used to live in a men’s dorm at that time. Someone might have accessed my keys from there and I found out that my table’s lock has been cleanly and squarely opened, and all my papers including my educational certificates were stolen from this place that was almost five miles (12 kilometers) from where I lived at that time.
How did someone with access to the keys just enter this place? With the help of the authorities of course, and these authorities are Catholic priests. And the hierarchy can be mapped up to the very people who founded and run the ministry.
I am no Bill Gates. And every year I would think of finishing my graduation. I can’t do it because my certificates are lost. Getting duplicates of SSLC Book and PDC certificate is so cumbersome that I shirk when I think of it.
I do not know what should I do to get my certificates back? I would like to complete graduation and I am contemplating legal action.
In Finland, they have a saying which translates into English, The goat guarding the cabbage patch. Like a fox guarding a henhouse. For me, the Jail Ministry is like the fence which eats into the crop which it promises to guard.